Updates from Friday, April 11
The Dodgers announced that Puig has returned to the lineup:
#Dodgers lineup in Arizona: Crawford LF Puig RF Ramirez SS Gonzalez 1B Ethier CF Uribe 3B Federowicz C Gordon 2B Ryu P— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 11, 2014
Yasiel Puig has become one of the most exciting young players in baseball, but a thumb injury will keep him out of action for the near future.
In the Los Angeles Dodgers' game against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, the 23-year-old outfielder jammed his thumb sliding headfirst into first base. According to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, Puig was slow getting up and needed X-rays after the game.
Jesse Spector of Sporting News joked about the circumstances surrounding the injury and the controversy that has followed Puig to start the season:
I’ll defend Puig on all the nonsense, but going headfirst into first base? Beyond the pale.— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) April 6, 2014
Dilbeck also quoted Adrian Gonzalez discussing the incident, who explained that Puig is "one of those guys, he sees the finish line and he just goes for it."
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times provided some good news but noted that there are still more tests coming:
X-rays on Puig's thumb were negative. But Puig will undergo a MRI exam.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 6, 2014
The Dodgers' Twitter account provided an update after Puig's MRI:
Per Don Mattingly, the MRI on Yasiel Puig's thumb revealed a strain of the ligament. Will know a lot more in next couple of days.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 7, 2014
According to Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News, Puig was not in the starting lineup for the next day's game against the Giants:
No Puig tonight for Cain: Gordon 2B, Crawford LF, Ramirez SS, Gonzalez 1B, Ethier RF, Kemp CF, Uribe 3B, Butera C, Greinke RHP— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) April 6, 2014
Don Mattingly spoke about Puig's status before Sunday's game (via the Dodgers and Hernandez):
Don Mattingly: Yasiel Puig is on his way to get an MRI. We don't expect it to be anything major. X-rays were negative.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 6, 2014
Puig's thumb "pretty swollen," according to Mattingly.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 6, 2014
However, Mattingly said that Puig may be able to pinch hit (via Hernandez):
Mattingly thinks Puig might be able to pinch hit tonight.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 6, 2014
Andre Ethier will get the start in right field with Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford holding the other two outfield spots. This lineup could remain for an extended time if Puig is forced to miss more games.
After the negativity swirling around Puig to start the season, the thumb injury is another setback for Los Angeles' young star. At this point, the Dodgers and their fans are hoping that Puig can get healthy so that the conversation can shift to his exciting skill set.
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